All hail the launch of the 2015 Asda Foundation York 10K

Roman soldiers took to the streets of York today to help persuade legions of runners to sign up for this year’s Asda Foundation York 10K.

The centurions – so synonymous with the city’s ancient past - were on hand to help launch the seventh running of the event which takes place on Sunday August 2nd.

Hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the country, York’s historic streets will be a carnival of colour when thousands of people pull on their trainers for one of the biggest charity road races in the region.

Since its launch in 2009 the event, organised by Run For All, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. Large, enthusiastic crowds will help create a vibrant atmosphere as they cheer on the entrants, running for one of the event’s partner charities or another good cause of their choice.

The route starts and finishes in Knavesmire Road alongside York Racecourse and takes in some of the city’s stunning scenery and historic landmarks, including the magnificent minster.

Children will have a chance to join in by signing up for the Arena Group York Mini and Junior runs, which uses the same start and finish as the 10K and is a chance for children of all abilities to enjoy a fun and free event ­- and do their bit for charity.

The 2.5km Junior Run is for children aged 9-14 and the 1.5km mini event is open to 3-8-year-olds accompanied by an adult.

The children are encouraged to run for a charity of their choice, but especially to support the official partner charity - The Family Fund, a UK-wide charity based in York, which for 40 years has been giving grants to low-income families raising a disabled or seriously ill child aged 17 and under.

An added dimension to the 10K is the Team Challenge, an opportunity for groups of friends to take part together and lift the title of top team in the race. Teams in each of the challenges must have a minimum of four members - there is no upper limit - and there are three categories – open, mixed and female.

In the open and female categories, the average time of the first four team members home will be used to calculate the winners, while the times of the first two men and first two women will count in the mixed category.

The 10K event is chip timed and there are goody bags, medals and finishers’ T-shirts for all those taking part.

Julie Ward, Asda Foundation manager, said: “The York 10K is one of the highlights of the Asda Foundation series of events. We would like to wish good luck to all those taking part who raise vitally-needed funds for many good causes.”

Adrian Fitzpatrick, managing director of document management specialist Arena Group, said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the York Mini and Junior run for a fifth consecutive year. The children taking part and their families always have a really fun and memorable day.”

The 10Ks partner charities are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Brain Tumour Research and Support, Macmillan Cancer Support, CLIC Sargent, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, York Teaching Hospital Charity, Candlelighters, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Action For Children.

Siobhan Curtis, legacy manager of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “A massive thank you to all the fantastic runners who have chosen to raise funds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal; we really do appreciate all your amazing efforts. The Asda Foundation York 10K has a stunning route and a great atmosphere. All of the runners, joggers or walkers are in for a real treat.”

Noemie Salvaudon, Events Fundraiser at Candlelighters, said: “The York 10K is a key event from Team Candlelighters. The atmosphere on the day is fun and supportive. Team Candlelighters keeps growing, which means we are able to provide more and more services to families affected by childhood cancer in Yorkshire. We are proud to have recently opened The Square, our first support centre welcoming families who have been affected by childhood cancer at any time in their lives. The Square and all our services are entirely funding thanks to people fundraising for our work, like the York 10K Team Candlelighters.”

Gemma Cross, Events Fundraiser at Martin House Children’s Hospice, said: “Thank you and good luck to everyone running the York 10K as part of Team Martin House.  Your support is much appreciated and makes a real difference.”

Lucy Lowthian, Fundraising Manager for the York Teaching Hospital Charity (YTHC), said: “The YTHC raises vital funds to support the work of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. With thanks to our supporters, we are able to make a real difference to the care that people receive when they visit our hospitals by funding additional facilities, area refurbishments, equipment, research and specialist staff training.”

Holli Kellett, CLIC Sargent running events fundraising manager, said: “We are excited to be a charity partner for the York 10k for the third year in a row and look forward to even more runners joining Team CLIC Sargent than in previous years. Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. By joining Team CLIC Sargent, you will raise vital funds to support young cancer patients and their families. We think that’s amazing – so we do everything we can to help you enjoy not just running, but the fundraising too. We’ll shower you with advice, ideas and materials to get the money rolling in, and if you ever need us we’re only a phone call away. We’re here to keep you smiling from the minute you sign up to the moment you cross the finish line – and beyond. So join our team, and start making an amazing difference for children and young people with cancer.”

Harry Baines, Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Manager for York says: “York is a fantastic city and the people always bring a warm atmosphere to events, we’re delighted to be continuing our involvement as charity partner in this brilliant 10K run. Macmillan invested over £2.15m in North & East Yorkshire in 2013 on new services to support cancer patients and their families, but each day a staggering 25 people in the county hear the devastating news they have cancer. Now more than ever we need people to join Team Macmillan.”

St Leonard’s Hospice Community Fundraiser Sarah Atkinson said: “St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for local people with life threatening illnesses.  We have an In-patient Unit, Day Care and Hospice@Home service.  Every patient is recognised and treated as an individual.  With our support patients are able to enjoy the best possible quality of life.  Our care also extends to support families and carers. Our care is free of charge to patients and their families but not free to provide.  As a charity we rely heavily on the generosity of the public to help raise the £4 million it costs each year to run St Leonard’s Hospice.”

Vicky Thaxter, Action for Children’s area fundraiser for Yorkshire, says: “Action for Children has charity places available for the York £10k and is calling on runners to put their best foot forward to help vulnerable children and young people across Yorkshire. We would love you to join the Action for Children team and support services which will benefit from the vital funds raised including Harrogate, Craven & Selby Young Carers, supporting children and young people who are caring for a family member, helping with household tasks, shopping, cleaning and helping to administer medication. Our support can help them to enjoy their childhood and manage their caring role. To register for a place or to find out more about running the Action for Children team, please contact Vicky on 07525 734113 or by email at Vicky.thaxter@actionforchildren.org.uk.  All runners will be provided with an Action for Children running vest and a fundraising pack.”

Sorrell Coulson, BTRS Events & Fundraising Manager, said: “We're delighted to once again be one of the official charity partners in the Run For All York 10K. The incredible support from our fundraisers means that we can continue to support those affected by a brain tumour in Yorkshire and the Humberside while funding research to find a cure. We can't thank you enough for everything that you've done in getting us to where we are today and we know that with your continued support, we can only keep growing! If you would like to become a Yorkshire Brainraiser and join the BTRS team please contact info@btrs.org.uk for more details.”

Laura Hyde, Family Fund Application Officer, said: “Family Fund is the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children. Based in York, they helped 68,551 families across the UK last year, including 5,272 in Yorkshire, with essential grants towards items such as clothing, furniture, hospital visiting costs and family breaks. One dad said “Family Fund have been the only light in the tunnel when we really needed them - a big thank you for helping my son.” Family Fund Chief Executive Cheryl Ward said “We are delighted to have been selected as Jane Tomlinson’s charity partner for these runs and look forward to raising money to help even more families.”

The York 10K is sponsored by the Asda Foundation, City of York Council, Morrison Utility Services, The Press, Runner’s World, Minster FM, Run247.com, Bananakick and LTS.

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